By John Moore
June 24, 2013
Aspen Stage has won four awards at the American Association of Community Theatre’s national festival in Carmel, Ind.
Director Wendy Moore’s production of “Unmarried in America” was honored for Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress (Missy Moore), Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Derkash) and Best Actor in a Featured Role (Ryan Fleming).
“Unmarried in America,” by K.D. Carlson, was inspired by the Prop 8 Trial in California, which followed a 2008 statewide referendum that determined only marriage between a man and a woman would be legally recognized in California. The play explores the personal ramifications of the national debate on gay marriage by focusing on the fictional court reporter who transcribed the case. As she watches the plaintiffs fight for the right to marry, she begins to re-examine the nature of her own relationships — and to question both actual laws and unspoken rules in America.
Best show among the national field of 12 went to “Radium Girls” by the Burlington (Mass.) Players.
AACTFest is a national theater festival held every two years. Winners advance from state and regional competitions.
“We were the smallest company there and the only one performing a new work,” said Wendy Moore, mother of Missy. “For us to take the Ensemble Award and three of the six acting awards is both humbling and exciting. We are also delighted that our playwright has been approached by a major publishing house about publishing her work.”
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